Devon Minerals Plan

The Devon Minerals Plan 2011 – 2031 was adopted on 16th February 2017.


The plan contains the Council’s vision and objectives for minerals planning and provides the policy framework and site proposals to maintain the supply of minerals and limit the impacts of their working. The Minerals Plan has regard to national minerals policy, while addressing the specific characteristics of Devon and its minerals.

The Devon Minerals Plan was adopted in February 2017, and the relevant documents can be found here.

Following the Modifications Consultation, the Inspector has issued his final report. This can be found here.

View information regarding the consultation on the proposed modifications which took place in August and September 2016. The consultation is now closed.

View information for the examination of the Devon Minerals Plan, including relevant documents and arrangements for the examination hearings.

View information and relevant documents concerning the submission of the Devon Minerals Plan to the Secretary of State.’

View information regarding the consultation on the Pre-Submission Draft of the Devon Minerals Plan held between August and November 2015.

We consulted local communities in the Uffculme/Burlescombe and Ottery St Mary areas on proposals for sand and gravel sites from 15 March to 30 April 2012. See Mineral Sites Consultation to find out more about the proposals.

To obtain the views of organisations and individuals on the emerging Minerals Core Strategy, we published an Options Consultation Paper in March 2011. To view the consultation paper and supporting documents and find out what responses were received, please see Options Consultation Paper 2011.

In autumn 2010, we published the Big Minerals Debate to get communities involved, over 160 responses were received.

The Big Minerals Debate leaflet includes a map of Devon highlighting the key minerals issues for each part of the county. A report providing a summary of the responses received is also available.

To provide evidence for developing its strategy for the supply of aggregates, we issued a ‘call for sites’ in Summer 2010 to deliver new aggregate resources. Responses to this event have provided robust evidence for the appraisal of options for the delivery of a sustainable supply of aggregates, and will contribute to the identification of potential strategic sites.

Details of the submitted sites are provided in the Report of Call for Aggregates Sites. The inclusion of a site in the report does not imply that it will necessarily be incorporated within the Minerals Core Strategy.

In 2008, we carried out an informal consultation on revisions to the vision and objectives for the Minerals Core Strategy and changes to the scope of the Strategy, in response to comments from stakeholders during the Issues and Options consultation and other events such as new government advice.

The consultation paper and a summary of the responses received are available.

We published the Issues and Options Consultation Paper for the Minerals Core Strategy in November 2007, which proposed a vision and objectives for minerals planning in Devon, identified the key minerals and issues for the County and proposed a range of options for addressing those issues. A summary and analysis of the responses received are also available.

In order to ensure that all potential issues and options are investigated, and to incorporate as wide a range of views as possible, we are committed to encouraging the early and extensive involvement of all stakeholders, including the minerals industry, environmental and community groups, statutory bodies, representatives of local communities and interested individuals. Initiatives to achieve this include:


To keep interested stakeholders up to date with progress on the emerging Devon Minerals Plan and to inform them of events and consultations, we have published a series of newsletters, with the latest issue highlighting the final consultation this summer before the Plan’s submission.

Stakeholder Workshops

We held two stakeholder workshops at the Sandy Park Conference Centre in Exeter, facilitated by experienced consultants, to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities for mineral development and to encourage exploration and discussion of potential issues. The first workshop, on Wednesday 14 February 2007, introduced the Core Strategy and helped to develop its vision and objectives, while the second event on Thursday 22 March 2007 explored issues in more depth to help develop options.

A detailed report on the workshops and their outcomes was produced by the Council’s facilitators.

Consultation Workshop

To help consultees in understanding the potential effects of the Minerals Core Strategy options on their community or organisation, we held a Consultation Workshop in Exeter on 4 December 2007. The report on the scope and outcomes of the Workshop can be viewed here.

To help in understanding the environmental, social and economic impacts of the emerging Devon Minerals Plan, we are undertaking Sustainability Appraisal at each stage of its development. The process incorporates the requirements of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive, and appraises the options and policies of the Minerals Plan against a range of sustainability objectives.

Consultation on Sustainability Appraisal is undertaken in parallel with consultation for the Minerals Plan, and copies of the appraisal documents we have produced are available through the following links.

The detailed explanation of the process of Sustainability Appraisal is provided in the Scoping Report, which also contains baseline evidence and a review of relevant policies and programmes, and sets out the framework for undertaking the appraisal. This report was originally published in 2007 and updated in 2011.

The Issues and Options Consultation Paper for the Minerals Core Strategy, published in November 2007, was accompanied by an initial sustainability appraisal report that considered the sustainability implications of each of the options.

The Sustainability Appraisal Report for the Options Consultation Paper is available here.

Following appraisal of options for sand and gravel sites in East and Mid Devon, a Sustainability Appraisal Report was published following consultation with statutory consultees, and has informed subsequent decisions on the choice of sites for inclusion in the Minerals Plan.

Development of the pre-submission draft Devon Minerals Plan has been informed iteratively by Sustainability Appraisal, and the Sustainability Appraisal Report and Non-technical Summary explain the outcomes of this process.

If you require any further information on this report, or wish to make any comments on it, please contact the Envrionment Group by emailing

Further information on mineral development is available through the links below. Please note that these links are provided for information purposes only, and their inclusion should not be taken as an endorsement by Devon County Council of their content.